Liam Elder-Connors

Reporter

Liam is VPR's reporter covering Burlington and Chittenden County.

He also serves as an occasional fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Liam  joined VPR in 2015 as a board operator, announcer and producer before spending a year as the Morning Edition producer.  Before switching to full-time reporting in 2018, he was the All Things Considered producer and editor.

Liam graduated from St. Michael's College in 2014 with a degree in journalism and music.

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A collage of portraits of people who died after contracting COVID-19 in Vermont.
Elodie Reed / VPR

More than 200 Vermonters have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Brave Little State looks back on a year of loss.

A photo, close-up, of a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine box with red lettering on blue cardboard and a blue rim.
Paul Sancya / The Associated Press

More than 200 people in Vermont have died of COVID-19 over the past year. About a quarter of those deaths occurred in the first two months of the pandemic.

A collage of portraits of people who died after contracting COVID-19 in Vermont.
Elodie Reed / VPR

It’s been almost exactly one year since Vermont’s first COVID-19 fatality. The virus has killed more than 200 Vermonters so far. The death toll here is small compared to most other states, but the loss of each person ripples out through their family, friends and community.

To better understand the Vermonters who died, VPR reached out to the families of many of the fallen. Here are some of their stories.

Angela Evancie / VPR File

Department of Corrections officials held a press conference Thursday morning about the COVID-19 outbreak at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport, which has infected 128 inmates and 10 staff.

A white sign that says "vote here" on a brick street in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

Next Tuesday is Town Meeting Day, and voters in Vermont's largest city, Burlington, face a choice: Give another term to incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger or pick a new city leader.

A person walking past a uvm covid-19 testing sign
Elodie Reed / VPR

After nearly two months off, colleges across Vermont are preparing to resume in-person classes — some as early as Feb. 1. Coronavirus numbers have soared around the country during the break, but state and college leaders say the protocols that worked in the fall, with some tweaks, will work again.

A young woman in a mask, faceshield and gloves administers a shot to a man in a mask
Elodie Reed / VPR

The state of Vermont opened its first COVID-19 vaccine clinics for the public Wednesday, giving shots to Vermonters aged 75 and older.

Despite warnings of armed demonstrations in state capitols over the weekend, Montpelier had a quiet Sunday. Plus, history, race, and the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Orange cones and a black chain lead to four law enforcement officers on the snowy steps of the Vermont Statehouse
Elodie Reed / VPR

Updated 6 p.m.

Sunday was a mostly quiet day in Montpelier, and the armed protests that law enforcement officials had been preparing for did not materialize.

A gray sign with blue letters reads Brattleboro Police Department against a snowy background
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Two communities at opposite ends of Vermont are pushing forward with efforts to reform their police departments. The moves come in the wake of last year's national reckoning with racial equity and policing, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer.

Today, we're checking in on where things stand in these efforts – in Brattleboro and in Burlington.

What we know about the situation in D.C.

A woman and her son in face masks, leaning together and looking at the camera, with a door behind them.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The pandemic has upended our daily lives and pushed people into tenuous financial situations. Many are making enough for the essentials but extra expenses, reduced income and isolation from loved ones has created anxiety about the future.

The dairy industry’s contribution to phosphorus in Lake Champlain, and mitigation efforts. Plus, record temperatures in 2020, the state legislature returns, and household income.

VPR Newscast for 01/01/2021 at 5:10 p.m.

Grassy, foggy mountain landscape.
Elodie Reed / VPR

One southern Vermont town has voted to sue the state over pandemic public health restrictions.

The latest COVID-19 update. Plus, Senator Bernie Sanders pushes for more stimulus, a prison on lockdown, and a skiing win.

Federal funds are on the way to some performance venues. Plus, a small population decline, a large travel decline, and COVID-19 numbers.

Six people in masks stand in a window
Elodie Reed / VPR File

In recent weeks, eight of Vermont's eldercare homes have experienced outbreaks of the coronavirus, and the vast majority of the state’s recent COVID-19 fatalities have come from those events.

Rubber gloved hands hold a syringe
Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press File

The first COVID-19 vaccines could be in Vermont in just a few weeks. The state health department says an initial supply of the shots could be in its warehouse by Dec. 15.

Two signs on either side of a small tree reading Vermont loves our first responders and Vermont loves our health care heroes
Elodie Reed / VPR

A week after first announcing a new executive order banning social gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott clarified that the restrictions do allow people feeling unsafe in their household to leave and take shelter elsewhere, and that people can take a physically-distanced walk with one other person from a different household. 

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